Mid-morning booze cruise by Roberto Mejia Lopez blew through a stop sign and ended the life of his passenger
LEONARDTOWN, MD. – A Toyota pickup operated by an intoxicated Roberto Mejia-Lopez, 36, of Lexington Park, Md., blasted through a stop sign at Rt. 5 and Rt. 234 intersection just north of Leonardtown on June 30, 2018, and smashed into a 2016 Isuzu box truck, killing a passenger in the Toyota.
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on June 30, 2018, at approximately 9:56 a.m. deputies found the crash scene spread across the intersection which includes a lane that merges from Rt. 234 into southbound Rt. 5.
The 2016 Isuzu NPR-HD box truck was traveling south on Point Lookout Road and was operated by Kyle Freeman, 24, of Clinton.
Mejia-Lopez was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, with incapacitating injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Tacoma, Moises Rodriquez, 26, of Lexington Park, was ejected from the vehicle; lifesaving efforts were performed, and Rodriquez was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Police say that Freeman and a 25-year-old passenger in the box truck sustained non-incapacitating injuries.
After the Sheriff’s Department crash team conducted an investigation they determined that a failure to stop at a stop sign and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the collision.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor at (301) 475-4200 extension *2265 or by email at Brandon.Foor@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).